The SASUOG 2019 International Congress is being held in Johannesburg from the 24th to the 27th of October 2019.

SASUOG 2019 International Congress

  • Date: 24-27 October 2019
  • Place: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Organisers: Department of Maternal and Foetal Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand. 
    Convener: Prof Ermos Nicolaou
  • Event Organisers: Christi Truter "Consider it done!” Congress Organisers, DCOM (Pty) Ltd; 
    main E-mail:christitruter@me.com; SA - Mobile: +27 (0)82 2193770; Fax2Email: +27 (0) 86 4595202
  • Language: English
  • Email: christitruter@me.comErmos.Nicolaou@wits.ac.za
  • Website: www.sasuog2019.com

The following members of the ISUOG international faculty will be speaking at the course:

Education Committee, Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, Patient Information Task Force, Basic Training Task Force

Prof. dr. C.M. (Katia) Bilardo is Professor of Fetal Medicine at UMCG in the Netherlands and is an expert on ultrasound and invasive prenatal diagnosis. Her areas of interest include Doppler Ultrasound, 1st trimester screening, fetal cardiology including heart function and fetal anomalies. She is current President of ISUOG and her other activities within ISUOG include enhancing the didactic and scientific value of the Congress, expanding ISUOG's membership and developing a patient information platform.

Country: The Netherlands

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; 3D & 4D ultrasound; genetics

Languages: English; Italian; French; Dutch

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Dr Lou Pistorius completed his MBChB (Pretoria) cum laude in 1986, and obtained the MMed (O&G) and FCOG (SA) at Stellenbosch University in 1993.  After a year in the UK he returned to Pretoria to the Kalafong Hospital, where his postgraduate experience in fetal medicine commenced. He moved to Sandton Mediclinic as a gynaecologist with interest in fetal diagnosis and therapy in 1998, where he started the first fetoscopic laser procedures for twin-twin transfusion syndrome in South Africa.  From 2004 to 2013 he has been attached to the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he completed a fellowship in maternal and fetal medicine, obtained his PhD on fetal brain imaging in 2008, and registered as perinatologist/maternal and fetal medicine specialist.

From 2009 he was the head of the obstetrical ultrasound unit of the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, with the responsibilities of organising and overseeing the performance of obstetrical ultrasound, as well as the training and audit of first, second and third trimester ultrasound. In July 2013 he returned to South Africa to open a maternal and fetal medicine practice in the Mediclinic Panorama and join the Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Stellenbosch/Tygerberg Hospital on sessional basis. His current research includes evaluation of fetal cortical folding and brain volume in various pathological conditions (including fetal alcohol syndrome) and the evaluation of prenatal ultrasound markers in prediction of postnatal outcome in fetuses with gastroschisis. He is a founder member of the Perinatal Neurology Working Group, and enjoys wide international scientific collaboration. He has authored or co-authored more than fifty scientific publications and organises or participates in a wide range of ultrasound courses, from primary to tertiary level.

Notable publications:

Pistorius LR, Stoutenbeek P, Groenendaal F, de Vries L, Manten G, Mulder E, et al. Grade and symmetry of normal fetal cortical development: a longitudinal two- and three-dimensional ultrasound study. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2010 Dec;36(6):700-8.

van der Heijden LB, Oudijk MA, Manten W, Ter HH, Pistorius L, Freund MW. Sotalol as first line treatment in fetal tachycardias and neonatal follow-up. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jan 10.

Country: South Africa

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1T and 2T; Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal doppler; fetal interventional procedure; multiple pregnancy; fetal anomalies; 3D/4D ultrasound; fetal growth

Lanugages: English, Dutch, Afrikaans

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1999 Gold Medal Award article

Professor Kypros Nicolaides is Director of the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine based at Kings College Hospital London and Founding Director of The Fetal Medicine Foundation.
Professor Nicolaides trained at Kings College under the mentorship of Professors Stuart Campbell and Charles Rodeck where he specialised in fetoscopic techniques and procedures. He was awarded the ISUOG Ian Donald Gold Medal in 1999 for his outstanding contribution to the field, recognised in particular for his many publications on fetal physiology and pioneering more effective antenatal screening and fetoscopy techniques. His research publications on imaging and prenatal diagnosis have transformed ultrasound practice and his work to implement quality control for nuchal translucency has led to this technique becoming an established screening test for Down syndrome and other genetic conditions.

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